Free things to do in Kerry with kids

As parents we know how expensive it can be to entertain the kids, so we thought we would put together a list of things to do for free with the children, yes, the things that are completely free of charge. Here’s our suggestions for the best free things to do in Kerry with kids:

Take a Walk

kerry way

Kerry is literally packed full of spectacular walks from the casual strolls through Killarney National Park to one of the many Blue Flag beaches which offer truly spectacular ocean views.

Or if you are feeling adventerous you can tackle some of  the mighty Kerry Way trail a spectacular 230 km walk taking in the best of what the Ring of Kerry has to offer.

Or just simply wander around Killarney, Dingle, Tralee, Kenmare and take in the wonderful personality of each town and see what they have to offer.

Cycling in Kerry

killarney national park

Take out your bicycles and get active. Follow an established cycle trail or find an off-road route.

We like to bring our bikes to Killarney National Park in Killarney as it is literally packed full of trails that are not on any main road.

If you want to cycle on some of Kerry’s most popular scenic routes you can find out more information on planning your trip from Kerry Cycling website.

Make The Most of Libraries

Make sure to check out your local library and find out what classes and events that they run throughout the year.  Your local library branch is a wonderful, free, resource for families.

All libraries host very popular, annual summer reading programmes while many of the branches run or host parent and toddler groups, storytelling sessions, arts and crafts classes, book clubs, games and activities sessions, exhibitions and so on.

Not to mention the fact that there is free computer access and the option to borrow books and DVDs!  For a change of scenery, why not visit a different library to your local branch?

Related: Libraries in Kerry

Visit a Playground

There are some great playgrounds throughout the county. It’s an activity that is both free and good fun!

Make sure to bring some snacks and drinks or a picnic lunch.

Our current favourite is Tralee Town Park and Playground which is situated in the middle of the town and covers some 80 acres!

That’s sure to tire out even the most active kids.  Don’t forget to check out their Rose Garden too.

History & Heritage      Muckross House

Muckross House in Killarney is open all year around, It has held its place in Killarney since 1843 and even Queen Victoria herself stayed there in 1861, which was the year that the owners of the house started work on their now famous gardens.

There are guided tours of the house with workshops on Sundays for children and summer music recitals on Sunday afternoons.

Also, on the first Wednesday of every month a number of Heritage Ireland Sites have FREE admission, why not take advantage and visit

National Heritage Week runs from Aug 20th – 28th and always have lots of free family events taking place throughout the county.

Related: OPW Free Days

Local Events

Did you know that Castletown has summer tours for kids that are free throughout the summer?

Keep an eye on our Events page for updated information on regular free events taking place in Kildare.

Article written by Seán, dad of 2.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls